CARD researchers receive new funding awards

CARD researchers John Crespi, Amani Elobeid, Hongli Feng, GianCarlo Moschini, Wendong Zhang, J. Arbuckle, Phil Gassman, and Yongjie Ji are all involved in various projects that have qualified for funding from USDA, the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and the Iowa Water Center.

Professor J. Arbuckle and Research Scientist Phil Gassman are team members on the project “#DiverseCornBelt: Resilient Intensification through Diversity in Midwestern Agriculture,” which received a $10 million grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The Purdue University-led project seeks to make Midwestern agriculture more resilient by moving away from the dominant corn-soybean rotation.

Adjunct Associate Professor Amani Elobeid will serve as an investigator on the project “Regenerating America’s Working Landscapes to Enhance Natural Resources and Public Goods through Perennial Groundcover.” The project received $9.99 million in funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop and de-risk a transformative method for increasing groundcover on working landscapes.

CARD Director John Crespi received a $97,000 USDA Economic Research Service grant for the project “Swine Production and Carbon Markets.” This project seeks to investigate ways in which swine producers can be incentivized to join carbon markets to lower their overall carbon footprint. The project will also include Professor Dermot Hayes and CARD Faculty Collaborator Jerome Dumortier from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Assistant Professor Hongli Feng will serve as principal investigator on the project “The Effectiveness of Carbon Credit Programs at reducing Nutrient Losses: An Assessment of Public and Private Conservation Programs and Their Interactions.” The project will receive a total of $148,484 from the Iowa Nutrient Research Center to investigate the effectiveness of carbon credit programs at reducing nutrient losses. Assistant Professor Wendong Zhang will serve as a co-pi on the project.

Professor GianCarlo Moschini received two grants from USDA’s Economic Research Service. The project “Industrial Ogranization of Meat Processing: Market Power, Efficiency, and Resiliency” received $299,483 in funding to examine long-standing and recent concerns at the structure of the industry and its operating practices. The project “R&D and Agricultural Productivity Growth in the United States: Patent Data and Knowledge Stocks” also received $31,500 in funding.

Assistant Professor Wendong Zhang and Research Scientist Yongjie Ji will serve as principal investigators on the project “Environmental Justice for All: Nutrient Impacts on Lake-Based Recreation and Tourism by Rural and Socially Disadvantaged Iowans.” The project received $40,749 in joint funding from the Iowa Water Center and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center through a special grant program designed to encourage research on the social dimensions of Iowa water quality.

(Released October 2021)